HOWTHEYWORK:Turn your phone into a killer camera

Editor’s note: Check back every Saturday for the latest guide to making the most of your shutter. Your phone isn’t just another camera.

Editor’s note: Check back every Saturday for the latest guide to making the most of your shutter.

Your phone isn’t just another camera.

It’s a tool that can make your life easier when you’re out shooting with your non-phone camera. Maybe that’s a top-of-the-line dSLR, an old-school 35mm film camera, or a slick micro-four-thirds device.

Regardless of your camera type, there all kinds of factors to take into account before, after, and during shoots, including location, lighting, copyrights, and numbers.

The good news is that you can essentially turn your phone into a photo assistant with little effort, thanks to the wide variety of apps available on Android and iOS.

Whether you have a jelly bean, ice cream sandwich, or apple on your plate, your photo app folder is about to get a little more resourceful. Here are Photojojo’s top photography apps.

Finding the right location

You often hear it: “location, location, location.” Finding the right spot can make a dramatic difference for your photos, but the task can be daunting. These apps will help you shortcut that process.

>>Location Scout (Android and iOS): Find filming locations from movies for awesome backdrops.

>>Shoot Local (iOS): Lets you find, save, and share locations with other photographers and creatives.

The legal stuff

Artists must protect their work -- that goes for models and photographers. Before you shoot a subject, be sure to complete the release forms. And, before you share your photos with the masses, don’t forget to watermark them.

>>Easy Release (Android and iOS): Replaces paper model releases by storing models’ signatures and information.

>>Marksta (iOS): Easy-to-use watermarking app made by a photojournalist.

>>Add Watermark (Android): Same idea for Android users.

 

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